Wapakoneta goes on 11-0
spurt to put game away
By MARC TOBIAS
COLDWATER — Wapakoneta was able to pick up its 13th win
of the season 47-36 over Coldwater, thanks in large part to
a late second-quarter run.
The Redskins led by just two points at 19-17, but an 11-0 spurt
to finish the half also helped finish off the Cavaliers.
It allowed Wapakoneta to go into the half up 13, but the Redskins
extended that lead to 18 in the third quarter before cruising
to the 11-point victory.
“I probably sound like a broken record because our kids
work hard, we just don’t do things real consistently,”
said Coldwater coach Nick Fisher. “Like those three minutes
at the end of that second quarter where we just didn’t
rebound, gave them easy second opportunities and we lost balls
that they were able to come up with.”
A Lindsey West free throw followed by a Nikki Harrod bucket
started that second quarter run, and then Lindsey Kenter hit
a big three-pointer.
Harrod then had two buckets sandwiched around a Krissy Koester
field goal to finish off the spurt.
“The end of the second quarter we played pretty well,
we hit some big shots,” said Wapakoneta coach Cortney
Rogers. “Kentner hit a big three-pointer that probably
kept them from going zone in the second half, and it was the
last two or three minutes of the second quarter that won us
Coldwater, meanwhile, was having trouble the first 16 minutes
finding someone that could put the ball in the hoop.
The Cavaliers had eight players score in the first half, yet
none had more than one field goal.
Coldwater entered the break making just 7-of-30 shots from the
field to go with nine turnovers.
“I don’t think we shot terribly well, but you have
to give them credit, their defense mixed it up a little bit
between their man and 2-3 (zone), and their active out of their
2-3,” Fisher said. “It’s a luxury when you
have Koester’s back there, so when you do get it in the
interior she’s a tough defender.”
For the game the Cavs finished hitting just 26 percent (15-for-58)
of their shots while the ‘Skins made 40 percent (15-for-37).
“Our defense was probably the highlight of the game for
us, we didn’t rebound the ball very well but I thought
the defense gave Coldwater a bit of trouble,” Rogers said.
“Coldwater did a good job and got a lot of second and
third shot opportunities, but our defense is what won the game
Wapakoneta also dominated the free-throw shooting battle, connecting
on 15-of-24 from the charity stripe while Coldwater was 5-of-10.
“Offensively we did go to the free throw line especially
in the first half, and we really stress taking the basketball
to the hole,” Rogers said.
Coldwater came as close as 10 in the fourth quarter, but like
much of the night, Koester answered with a pair of buckets for
the Redskins. Koester led all scorers with 16 points while grabbing
seven rebounds. West added 14 points and six boards for Wapakoneta.
Katie Homan had the biggest night for Coldwater, scoring nine
points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
Wapakoneta improves to 13-5 while Coldwater falls to 3-14.
The Cavs are back in action Thursday against Parkway.